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Poultry Firm Fined for Ammonia Spill Which Killed Thousands of Fish

17 November 2014, at 12:28am

NORTHERN IRELAND, UK - A Coouty Fermanagh poultry company pleaded guilty and was fined £2,000 for making a polluting discharge to a waterway.

News Letter reports that Western Brand Poultry Products (NI) Ltd of Screevagh, Lisnaskea, also had to pay £28 court costs and a £15 offenders’ levy as well as £3,949.70 fish restocking costs.

Enniskillen Magistrates’ Court heard that on July 10, 2013 the Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA) investigated a fish kill in the Moorlough River near Lisnaskea.

The source of the fish kill was traced upstream to the premises of Western Brand Poultry Products (NI) Ltd, where a leak of ammonia from a refrigeration plant was found.

It was subsequently found that three kilometers of river had been affected, with 2,760 dead adult fish plus several thousand more dead juvenile fish.

Anyone wishing to report a pollution incident can call the 24 hour Water Pollution Hotline on 0800 80 70 60.

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